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The Cowboys Take Control on 'The Amazing Race' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 5th 2010 1:03AM
The Amazing Race, cowboys, jet and cordYou just never know how things are going to play out on 'The Amazing Race 16' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS). Even if you're dead last, there's always the chance you can jump into first place.

The cowboys, Jet and Cord, are the first team to ever go from last place, complete the speed bump, and then come in first on the next leg. Not only that; they won a trip to Maui! Way to go, guys!

Watch the video after the jump.

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'The Amazing Race' - 'You're Like Jason Bourne, Right?'

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Apr 5th 2010 1:02AM
Carol and Brandy lug incense on 'The Amazing Race'
(S16E08) Tonight will make or break this season's strongest team, Jet and Cord, on 'The Amazing Race.' I know some folks might say they aren't the strongest team as they came in last in the previous leg and were only saved by it being a non-Philimination leg. But I beg to differ. They definitely had a bad leg; they most certainly screwed up by not reading a clue. Even taking that into consideration, they're the strongest team. They seem to be up to almost every task thrown their way, and they work well together as a team. Can they overcome the speed bump and continue the race?

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Brent Confuses Unanimous and Anonymous on 'The Amazing Race' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 28th 2010 11:40PM
The Amazing Race, Brent, AnonymousIt's always a little embarrassing when you goof up words and meaning, but even more so when you do it on national TV.

On 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS), when Brent said it was "anonymous" that everyone wanted Carol and Brandy to go, we know he really meant "unanimous."

Or then again, maybe he did mean anonymous. Maybe he didn't want anyone to know who said what. You just never know.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'The Amazing Race' Teams Build Champagne Pyramids (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 22nd 2010 2:42AM
The Amazing Race, Champagne PyramidThere's nothing more fun than seeing a pyramid of champagne glasses topple over into a heap of shattered glass. Fun for us; not so much for Brent and Caite on 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS).

At least Dan and Jordan's pyramid stayed upright. They so deserved that champagne they drank after all was said and done.

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The Fall of 'The Apprentice'

by Stephanie Earp, posted Mar 16th 2010 5:58PM


While watching the two-hour (read: interminable) debut of 'The Celebrity Apprentice' on Sunday night, I was trying to figure out if Cyndi Lauper is out of this show's league, or vice versa. Maybe I'm thinking about leagues because of all the previews for the new Jay Baruchel movie, but for some reason that's how the question phrased itself in my head. Has Cyndi Lauper really sunk this low?

'The Apprentice' used to be an A-list show when it debuted in 2004. Remember? It was a serious competitive reality show that was nominated for Emmys against shows like 'Survivor' and 'The Amazing Race', and for cinematography -- in other words, the gorgeous New York skyline shots that peppered the episodes. Back then, people watched the show and compared the tasks and the competitors to their own workplace.

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Brent and Caite Drink a Glass Boot of Beer on 'The Amazing Race' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 8th 2010 5:00AM
The Amazing Race, Brent and CaiteIs 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS) trying to kill their contestants? Or maybe turn them into alcoholics? On the other hand, maybe drinking a giant glass boot filled with beer is enough to turn anyone against the brew for life.

When faced with the task, Brent and Caite bravely shouldered on, with Brent drinking most of the boot – and paying the price for it. But way to complete the task by going back in for the kill, dude.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Carol and Brandy Fight on 'The Amazing Race' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 28th 2010 11:28PM
The Amazing Race, Carol and BrandyWho thinks that Carol and Brandy are close to a break-up? The bickering couple may be on 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS), but something tells us their race is far from amazing. They seem close to self-destructing!

"I'm not gonna fight with you about this. If you wanna have a tantrum, have a tantrum," says Brandy. "I do, because I'm just so tired of you not trusting me," says Carol.

In the words of Ladies' Home Journal: Can this relationship be saved?!

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Ornery Cows No Match for 'Amazing Race' Contestants (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 21st 2010 11:02PM
The Amazing Race, Jody Kelly, CowHere's the lesson learned on 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS) tonight: cows can be dangerous. Especially the ones the contestants milked, as several got swift kicks to various body parts.

And true to the "Grandmas Tri Harder" words on her shirt, 71-year-old Jody Kelly forged bravely onward in the face (well, hind end) of an ornery animal. "I was almost up to the line on the cup when the cow kicked me in the head, and I thought, 'I think I'll be ok. I can do this. So I just got right back down and started milking again, with a different cow this time." You go, grandma!

As for that first kick in the video? We're not sure exactly where that landed, but it looked painful.

Watch the video after the jump.

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What to Watch: February 13-14

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 13th 2010 6:00AM
'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM, CBS) season 16 premiere
The pacing is one of the reasons we love this show so much, and this season kicks off in overdrive as 11 new teams start in Los Angeles and must rely on public transportation to get themselves to the airport and onto a flight to Chile. The race is on from there, and viewers are going to recognize several faces among the new contenders, who include 'Big Brother 11' winner Jordan Lloyd and her boyfriend and 'BB 11' housemate Jeff Schroeder, and 2007 Miss South Carolina Teen USA Caite Upton, she of the rambling pageant question response that ended up as a YouTube.com sensation. The season 16 competitors also include Cleveland Indians' third-base coach Steve Smith, whose teammate is his daughter Allison, and Jody Kelly, who's competing with her granddaughter and, at 71-years-old, is the show's oldest contestant ever.

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What to Watch: February 8 - 14

by Stephanie Earp, posted Feb 8th 2010 8:00AM

2010 Olympics Opening Ceremonies
- Friday February 12, 6 pm PST, CTV

Vancouver introduces Canada to the world on Friday with the 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremonies, the details of which are a closely guarded secret. No one besides the organizers and performers are sure exactly what to expect, but I'm guessing 'spectacular' and 'great pride for this nation' and 'unique history' will get thrown around a lot in the commentating.

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Teams announced for The Amazing Race 16

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Jan 21st 2010 7:06PM
The cast of The Amazing Race
Before you know it, it will be time for another whirlwind race around the world as the Emmy-winning reality show, The Amazing Race, returns for its 16th season. The new season is set to premiere at 8 PM ET/PT on Sunday, February 14. Today CBS announced the teams we'll be loving or hating as we vicariously travel around the world with them from the comfort of our own homes. The official CBS website is up and running with in-depth bios of the teams.

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Best TV of the '00s: Reality Participant / Contestant

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 29th 2009 7:02PM
the osbourne familyMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started earlier today. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about our favorite reality contestants and participants.

Whether we like it or not, the '00s introduced us to a new form of celebrity: the reality star. In previous decades, the closest we got to this were especially entrancing personalities from MTV's Real World. These people gained fame for acting like well-crafted exaggerations of their real selves.

Faster than you can say, "I didn't come here to make friends," networks picked up on the public's fascination with reality TV like Survivor and they pushed it to the popularity that it has reached today. Now, reality shows barely reflect what happens in normal people's lives but are generally more like high-concept game shows or extremely scripted improvs. But people keep watching, because the personalities are big and captivating.

Yup. Strategic footage editing does wonders. Here are some of our personal favorites from the genre, but feel free to comment with your own worthy additions!

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'The Amazing Race 16' to Premiere Feb. 14

by Allyssa Lee, posted Dec 21st 2009 4:00PM
Break out the maps and brush up on your languages: CBS has scheduled its premiere date for its next installment of 'The Amazing Race.'

The Emmy-winning reality series, in which teams of two compete in a race around the globe, is set to premiere its 16th cycle on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 8PM. It will be paired up with 'Undercover Boss,' a new reality show that will settle into its regular 9PM time after it debuts in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot on Feb. 7.

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CBS makes a surprise choice for the post-Super Bowl spot

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 21st 2009 10:28AM
cbs_logo_black_whiteOne of the most coveted parcels in prime time real estate is the hour after the broadcast of the Super Bowl. In 2010, CBS has the big game on Sunday, February 7, and after the pads pop and the Vince Lombardi trophy is hoisted, the program that the Tiffany network will air is not one of the usual suspects. The slot won't be used to pump up the next edition of Survivor, as many experts guessed.

It also won't be used to reinforce the success of sophomore drama The Mentalist, nor will the space be handed over to The Big Bang Theory for a one-hour stretched out sitcom episode. And the network isn't going to pump up a slipping series like CSI, which isn't getting the gaudy numbers it did in the William Peterson days. So, what will they run? Follow me after the jump to find out -- and consider this a SPOILER ALERT.

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TV: The Ultimate Holiday Icebreaker

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 15th 2009 10:22AM


Ah, the office holiday party - it's a delicate operation. After all, you know these people - in fact you probably spend one-third of your life with them - but do you really know them? Do you want to? If my experience is anything to go by, it's only sheer effort that's kept your opinions of how the boss really ought to run the company quiet. Ditto your feelings on your cube neighbour's BO, ugly baby or sloppy work.

And yet, every December the powers that be decide to round up this unruly group in a hall or hotel conference room, serve them drinks and expect them to get along without embarrassing themselves.

If it wasn't for television, it would be impossible.

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